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Old 06-02-2015, 08:57 PM   #31
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We have not contacted Reace yet so perhaps folks thinking about getting solar should not get too upset until we find out what was used on our trailer. There might be a new technique...ours was installed in summer 2013...
Will try to call tomorrow....assuming they are back in the office after the rally last weekend...
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Old 06-02-2015, 09:17 PM   #32
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Can't really tell yet. Took the photos standing up through the escape hatch...need to get a ladder and go up to get a closer look....don't have a ladder....
Are there any stickies around you? They are very likely to have ladders. They will gladly loan one when you say you lost your panel.

Yes, without a closer look, hard to tell what is there. Did they do this in one day or two and you left with it? Wonder about set-up time.
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Old 06-02-2015, 09:29 PM   #33
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We don't know what the setup time might have been. The previous owners had brought it to eti for routine maintenance and then decided to buy a new one. We bought it sight unseen from NM. We asked Reace to add a few things..including solar...and we picked it up a month or so later...
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This is the first time we have heard about an epoxied panel lost, I believe. Wonder if there are others. This is definitely something to look at.
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Old 06-02-2015, 09:57 PM   #35
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Are there any stickies around you? They are very likely to have ladders. They will gladly loan one when you say you lost your panel.

Yes, without a closer look, hard to tell what is there. Did they do this in one day or two and you left with it? Wonder about set-up time.
I have already spoken to Tammy about adding the solar and she told me they would need 3-4 hours to install . Pat
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:09 PM   #36
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I would have assumed that it was screwed to a filler strip embedded in the fiberglass. I buy epoxy and hardener by the gallon and it has never failed. But what it is fastened to has and will fail. It looks like the outer layer that it was glued to failed. I suppose that would be the gel coat. Would adding the panel after the fact have anything to do with it instead of having it installed during the initial build? It will be interesting to see what Reace's opinion is on this. Keep us posted. Loren
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Just read the label on the epoxy and slow hardener that I use and it says give it 24 hours. I have other additives for it and have done fiberglass repairs with excellent results. Loren
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I have already spoken to Tammy about adding the solar and she told me they would need 3-4 hours to install . Pat
If the gel coat pulled off, that's a whole different thing. Wonder if anything can be done and whether there have been other panels lost that way. They will have to find out from Reace.
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I am thinking that maybe removing the gelcoat in the area to be bonded might help, with the resin adhering to the resin, but really, the resin should bond to the gelcoat quite good.

Interesting to hear Reace's take.
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Scarry If the gel coat pulled off.
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